Isn’t is fantastic when the people who are supposed to be looking out for the health of Canadians are apparently indifferent at best and detrimental at worst? First Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq disbands the sodium working group, then she wastes time and money asking Canadians what to do about the obesity epidemic and then rolls out a useless educational campaign, now she’s supportive of the food industry self-regulating front of package claims. A recent article indicated that nutrition staffers at Health Canada were concerned about Aglukkaq’s quick response to deny that Canada would follow in the footsteps of the US who recently announced a government-led initiative to standardize front of package nutrition labels. We already know that the current labelling initiatives are a sham. Why would Aglukkaq be so quick to dismiss the notion of Canada creating a government-led standardized front of package labelling initiative? Honestly, I’m not sure. If she were to continue in her normal manner she would at least create a working group to develop a labelling system and then decide to ignore all of their recommendations. Maybe she’s trying to save money? Health Canada has been experiencing a number of cuts recently. Perhaps I am confused about the role of a Health Minister. Perhaps Health Ministers are intended to do something other than work to improve the health of the population. If anyone has any thoughts on why Agulkkaq wouldn’t even entertain the idea of the government working to create a universal front of package labelling system I’d love to hear them.